First off I have to say that I modified a recipe I found on the internet Toast Ale
The roasted grains in this recipe are all home roasted Brewout Home Roasting
My recipe is in the imperial system instead of metric because I’m from the United States and we are weird like that.
Daily Bread Ale
7 pounds of 2 row male
1 pound of home roasted grain
5 pounds of bread
0.5 pounds of carapils
1.5 oz Cluster hops
1.5 oz East Kent Golding
I took 5 pounds of bread. I had French bread, 9-grain bread, and oat bread. I don’t know if the type of bread will change the flavor of the beer.
I sliced the bread up and dried the bread out at 190 F for 1 hour.
I found not all bread dried the same. I had to put some bread back into the oven for another hour at 190 F
After I got all of the bread dry and the bread felt like croutons. I broke the big pieces of bread down to smaller pieces.
I put all the pieces into a big trash bag so I could take them to the brewing area.
I layered the mash. I put in grain, rice hulls, bread, grain, rice hulls, ect.
I mashed in 4 gallons of water at 150 F for 1 hour.
Keep the mash moving every 15 minutes. I found this to be a very sticky mash.
After the hour, I sparged with 5 gallons of 170 F water. I only sparged out about half the water. I made sure I could fill up the brew pot and I brought the brew pot up to 170 and held the temperature steady for close to 45 minutes.
I drained the wort into the brew pots and boiled with 1.5 oz of Cluster for 60 minutes and 1.5 oz East Kent Goldings for 30 minutes.
I cooled the wort down to room temp. Pitched the yeast and let it ferment for 2 weeks. I let the beer sit in the fridge for 2 weeks in the keg before tapping.
The beer is peppery, I don’t know if that is from the 9-grain bread. Malt, roasty, and a little bit of hops. I think the next time I brew this it could use more hops. I would also like to try all rye or darker bread.
I would describe the beer as a wheat beer with an English brown ale. The way I made it there are no harsh flavors, no real bitter hops. I think it is a nice easy drinking beer.